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Second-Hand Momma

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-Second hand is the new brand new. Whether you're going green or trying to save it, when it comes to maternity and children's clothing, it's smart to consider consignment. -People wear them for a very short period of time and what do you do with it? Sometimes you save it for another child but often it doesn't end up in the right season, so what more and more people do is just bring it here then they shop on their credit should they have that next pregnancy and if not they shop for their babies. -Here is Jane's Exchange, Manhattan's largest maternity and children's consignment store. -Jane's Exchange. -Eva Dorsey started this shop more than 15 years ago and now runs the store with co-owner Gayle Raskin. -With the economy right now it's just a reasonable thing to do. When you're talking about clothing your children and then everyday way, we're very careful to take in things that are in excellent condition. The fact that they are a little used rarely makes any difference at all, and also for the environment the idea of recycling. How many types are there? I just wanna make sure I have-- -And I don't need a bag, please. You can just stick it back in the bag there. -Okay. All right. -[unk] began shopping at Jane's Exchange after the birth of her first child daughter, Fiona. -Put the blanket on the right and show me. -On the Raggedy Ann? Okay. I'll do it. -While I was pregnant with my daughter, I bought all these, you know, fabulous maternity clothes and I knew when I was pregnant with my son that I did not wanna make that mistake, and I didn't wanna spend all that money, and I just wanted to get a few things to get me through. -What about this one? -I don't know. -Tara now shops for Fiona and son Liam who are growing every day. -I think this is too small for you, Faye? -This is cute. -Like. -Do that. -Some of the cutest things I found like little party dresses, winter coats. -That is so cute. -I come here. I buy a pair of shoes for her when she leaves a half size or a size, and then she wears them for the season, and then I bring them back and then I resell them. So it's a really great way to keep your kids and all the things that they need without feeling beleaguered by, you know, the prices. -She says shopping second hand doesn't mean sacrificing style. -Because we got a really great pair of jeans and then you find some really basic nice blacks like turtlenecks and a couple of things, then you can just wear, you know, a colorful cardigan. You can wear really great boots, you can wear, you know, really great sort of stars. This is a good thing. I'll show you. So for instance, this is cute like if you're maternity you got a pair of like navy blue cords, a pair of like really nice like skinny black pants that are like fitted like this cool little like blazer thing that goes over your bum or this parka for winter. Look at this. This is really-- how great is that and what's so great about this, I will tell you it's for boobs. It's for breastfeeding. How simple is this? Even if you're a working person like you work in an office, you can look really great at work too. How great is this? This is great for work. It's genius. I mean you look great and you don't have to spend a lot of money on this stuff. -And most consignment stores carry more than just clothes. Jane's Exchange offers books, toys, and baby gear. -Here's a good example. This thing I bought at Giggle this really high-end store was $85, this is $100. You know you can get this whole thing for $50 and this is great. These are all the slings and yarns. Certain slings work better at certain weight at certain ages, you know, so it's great to come here. You bring your old sling. You sell it. You get a new sling. -And second hand doesn't have to mean used. Many consignment stores like Jane's Exchange carry a variety of items that still have the tags on them. These make great gifts. -It can be a one-stop shop. You can shop for your kids and also if you need that birthday gift we have that here too. -Just one thing to keep in mind. While at Jane's Exchange, Eva and Gayle do their best to keep up with recall, something could easily fall through the cracks. Before you buy toys, electronics, or any big items like cribs or strollers, check the latest recall list. So if you're thinking of becoming a second hand mama or dad, Eva says just check it out. -People have come into the store saying I had no idea you're used or your resale. I thought you were new. I see these beautiful things in the window and then they come in and find out that we're consignment and that the things in the window are a quarter or less what they might pay new for them and they're hooked. -Check your local listings for a maternity or children's consignment store near you.